Nehru Zoological Park – a foretaste of Indian wildlife in their natural habitat

Nehru Zoological Park – a foretaste of…

South Asia’s most teeming nation is a veritable fusion of attractive places, lush landscapes and an ancient culture steeped in history and rituals. Architectural masterpieces of historic dynasties dot various states. India’s rich heritage together with its flourishing bio diversity showcases the beauty of the country. The city of Hyderabad offe…
Discover Karnataka’s Lakelands along the Captivating Kerala Backwaters

Discover Karnataka’s Lakelands along t…

Often called the Asian equivalent of the American Bayou, the Kerala backwaters are an expansive network of intricate waterways that include five lakes, forty rivers and a host of canals that span half the length of its home state. Stretching across over 900km the labyrinth of lakes, rivers, inlets and creeks form a truly magnificent eco system and …
Blue Reef Aquarium Newcastle- a world of wonders

Blue Reef Aquarium Newcastle- a world of…

Positioned just a short drive away from the beautiful Whitley Bay, the impressive Blue Reef Aquarium is ideally located in the North East coastal city of Tynemouth. It is a great place to discover how life goes on under the ocean. The Blue Reef Aquarium is a modern aquarium showcasing marine life in a new and exciting way. It has been designed and …
Festivals in Maldives – Merriment in Male

Festivals in Maldives – Merriment in M…

  No one would think that the decorative specs on the Indian Ocean would on close scrutiny turn out to be such resplendent islands full of tourist attractions. However, that is precisely what the Maldives is like. It has over twenty six tiny atolls or islands, which are governed separately but are a cohesive part of Maldives. Most of the festi…
Medical Tourism – Dental Care & Dentists in Bohput

Medical Tourism – Dental Care …

The Thai island of Koh Samui might have garnered a reputation for its idyllic beaches and pristine oceans, but it is also gaining popularity for another feature that is quite unique; medical tourism! Offering reasonably priced and international standard medical care, Koh Samui and such coastal areas as Bohput are also known for their high standards…
Family Travel to Philippines

Family Travel to Philippines…

The multicultural nation of Philippines presents an ideal destination for a family holiday. The suitable areas for families visiting the country include Boracay Island, Central Visayas and the National Capital Region Cebu. You may visit the most popular beach in Boracay, known as the White Beach which is famed for its spectacular sunsets and pristi…

House of Danar Hadi – Surakarta

Surakarta, the older of the two royal capitals of central Java, is more commonly known as Solo. Hotel, café or restaurant, everything here speaks of its heritage and culture at least in some small way. Tucked into this historical tapestry, located less than 15 minutes away from hotel Alila Solo is a unique museum. House of Danar Hadi complex is the residence of a prominent revolutionary against Dutch rule, now converted to a museum of Batik. The House of Danar Hadi Batik Museum has a collection of over 10,000 prices of rare batik, originating from all over Indonesia. Each piece of clothing has its own history and its own story, including 1,500 pieces of batik that can be dated to the 19th century. Making a repeated visit to the House of Danar Hadi Batik Museum seem like the first time is their internal mechanism of rotating the items on display every six months.

History of batik in general, from its origin to modern day use, as well as the history of batik in Indonesia, are all described in the House of Danar Hadi Batik Museum. Operating under the theme “Batik: The Influence of Time and Place”, narratives unfold through colours and motifs that are brought out by various pieces of batik hanging around the room. One would learn during a tour to this place, that each piece of batik clothing is unique, and there is much to be learnt from a single strand. The Kraton batik from the royal palace are soft and regal in design; Chinese batik tells of its heritage through symbolism, and those of Dutch origin are the world unto its own. In addition to different regions of batik origin, one can also learn the process of creating a batik material. From creating hand drawn tulip batik to printed cap batik, the House of Danar Hadi shows the full process behind designing these beautiful creations.

Shehera Fioni is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Catalina Forbes. Her content is based on many thrilling escapades offered to travellers across the world.


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